For years, cotton was always regarded as one of the most productive crops in Alabama. Many farmers relied on the cotton industry until one pesky little bug changed the future of Coffee County agriculture!
In 1915, the Mexican Cotton Boll Weevil first made its appearance in Alabama. Its species was known for plaguing farmers with dying cotton crops. In just a couple of years, south Alabama farmers were scrambling to find a way to combat the boll weevil. That is until a remarkable idea was created by Mr. H. M. Sessions. He saw the cotton crop as a yield of the past and encouraged farmers to plant peanuts instead.
Despite the tragedy that the Boll Weevil brought to Coffee County. Alabama, it also taught farmers a good lesson. They learned to diversify their crops which lead to increased profits. Soon after peanuts became a popular crop while cotton was slowly making a comeback.
The residents of Enterprise and the surrounding area gained a newfound respect for the Boll Weevil. In the downtown crossroads of the city, a statute was erected in honor of the boll weevil. The statue originally only consisted of the woman holding the plate which was custom made in Italy. The boll weevil and the fountain were added many years later.
It has stood there since 1919 as a symbol of Coffee County’s past and their appreciation for the boll weevil. The statue weighs 50 pounds and displays a Greek woman holding a boll weevil!
How to Visit
The Boll Weevil Monument is located in downtown Enterprise right at the crossroads of Main and College Streets. The statue is free to visit.
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